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Watch 1950’s Irish pilgrims battle a wet windy day on Croagh Patrick

Pilgrims in 1950 make their way up Croagh Patrick (Photo: British Pathé/Youtube)
Pilgrims in 1950 make their way up Croagh Patrick (Photo: British Pathé/YouTube)

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE from 1950 in Ireland documents an arduous annual journey made by Irish pilgrims.  

Filmed by British Pathé, the short newsreel shows the devout pilgrims battling rough weather conditions while climbing Croagh Patrick.

In the video, pilgrims of all ages are seen make their way up Croagh Patrick’s rough ascent.

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In such harsh conditions, one climber needs medical assistance.

The video’s narrator, an eloquently spoken man, describes the climb as: “hard for the young but a trial for the aged.”

The mountain, located in County Mayo, is considered to be Ireland’s holiest mountain with pilgrimages dating back an estimated 5000 years.

It is said that St.Patrick fasted for 40 days at the mountain’s summit during lent in 441 AD.

Following St.Patrick’s fast, pilgrims have been making the same journey ever since, with many attempting the climb barefoot as seen in the clip below.

Click play below to see the pilgrims’ journey…



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